Ken Franckling

The 10 best new jazz releases, listed alphabetically:

  • Bill Anschell, “More to the Ear than Meets the Eye” (Origin)
  • Patricia Barber, “Mythologies” (Blue Note)
  • Anthony Branker & Ascent, “Spirit Songs” (Sons of Sound)
  • Yosvany Terry Cabrera, “Metamorphosis” (EWE Records/Kindred Music Group)
  • Avishai Cohen, “Continuo” (Razdaz)
  • Mitchell Forman, “Perspectives” (Marsis Jazz)
  • Jimmy Heath Big Band, “Turn Up the Heath” (Planet Arts)
  • Ingrid Jensen, “At Sea” (artistShare)
  • Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood, “Out Louder” (Indirecto)
  • Ted Nash “In The Loop” (Palmetto)

The 10 best new songs of the year, listed alphabetically:

  • “Persephone” by Patricia Barber from her “Mythologies” (Blue Note)
  • “Imani (Faith)” by Anthony Branker from his “Spirit Songs” (Sons of Sound)
  • “Devil Eyes” by Dwayne Burno from the Roy Hargrove Quintet’s “Nothing Serious” (Verve)
  • “Spy Versus Spy” by Grant Geissman from his “Say That!” (Futurism)
  • “Dorothy Parker” by Marilyn Harris from “Future Street” (Wrightwood)
  • “Love and Laughter” by Hiromi from her “Spiral” (Telarc
  • “Victor”s Lesson” by Sarah Hommel from her “A Sarah Hommel Drum All” (self-produced)
  • “Faster than the Speed of Mildew” by Bill Anschell from his “More to the Ear than Meets the Eye” (Origin)
  • “Captain Jon” by Geoff Keezer from Ingrid Jensen’s “At Sea” (artistShare)
  • “Pogo Sticks” by Bill O”Connell from “Latin Jazz Fantasy” (Random Chance)

The best jazz boxed set:

  • “Sonny Stitt, “Stitt’s Bits -The Bebop Recordings, 1949-1952″ (Prestige)

The best jazz related DVDs of 2006:

  • The Heath Brothers, “Brotherly Jazz” (DanSun)
  • Various artists, “Legends of Jazz, Season One” (LRSmedia)